Although author Kenneth Feinberg declines to weigh in on the number of death claims expected, the protocol addresses several other key items of speculation since the depth of the defect emerged earlier this year.
The chief executive’s visit will give lawmakers an opportunity to pursue answers to questions Barra could not provide in April, when she often cited an internal investigation the automaker expected would deliver complete findings.
It is unclear whether a key factor in the vehicle-development process, uncovering a connection between the defective ignition switch and airbag failures, may exist with parts in other GM vehicles on the road today.
The chief executive will speak to GM employees from the automaker’s Warren, MI, technical center via a global broadcast tomorrow. GM will not comment on content of the event, beyond calling it an update on the recall.
In the case of battery-electric vehicles, experts see the ramp-up of public charging stations as particularly sluggish. “Bottom line, all the talk about public charging isn’t happening,” says GM’s Britta Gross.
GM interiors also have been boosted by investments in the automaker’s global design organization, the executive says, citing a groundbreaking global concept car created for the recent New Delhi auto show.
WardsAuto sources say the large Cadillac CUV was slated to arrive in 2017 as an ’18 model. Persisting fears it might overlap with the popular Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia contributed to its cancellation.
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Networked vehicles that can communicate with each other and the infrastructure open up a new range of possibilities for user functions that will make driving safer, more comfortable and environmentally friendly, the supplier says....More